Fractals – Jennie Wong

I was quite impressed with all the different connections drawn this week between math and art. I recognized many of the artistic concepts from previous math classes, and recognized many of the math concepts from previous art classes. One of the things we covered that most intrigued me was about Mandelbrot and his discovery of fractals. I did further research on fractals, and found many interesting things. For one, fractals can be classified according to how precisely similar the copies of the figure are to the original. The categories are named exact self-similarity, quasi-self similarity, and statistical self similarity, in order of most closely replicated to least closely replicated.

Fractals can be applied to many things. In nature, it can be applied to mountains (surfaces), snowflakes, fern leaves, tree branches, and vegetables such as broccoli. In the human body, it can be found in the patterns of our blood vessels and the like. And in real-life, fractals can be found in hippie clothes, camouflauge clothes, and seismology.

I also did more research on how fractals are used in art. I was particularly surprised to see that they’ve been found in the works of the artist Jackson Pollock. His modern art is primarily made up of seemingly random designs of splattered paint and it is usually characterized as total disarray and chaos. However, apparently computer analysis of his work has still found the presence of fractals.

Here is a cool graphic showing the fractals found in a mountainanimated fractal mtn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractals#Classification_of_fractals

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